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IFFA 2015 Travelling Film Festival Fun! Buckle Up, Melbourne, Mitra Hajjar is Coming!

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IFFA 2015 Travelling Film Festival Fun!

With Melbourne, the last stop of the nation-wide tour upon us, we recap beautiful Brisbane and announce special guest Q&As! Also in this, the first of two special editions, we highlight old and new darlings of the festival thus far, such as closing night film I am Diego Maradona, the APSA nominated Avalanche and returning favourite Melbourne - plus a film schedule for this weekend's festival!
Introducing Melbourne Special Guest 
Mitra Hajjar 

Perhaps the greatest thing about IFFA after our audience are our guests. As such, we are incredibly excited to announce that the talented actress Mitra Hajjar will be attending as our special guest for the Melbourne festival. Hajjar will be taking part in a live Q&A after the screening of her latest film, the uniquely thrilling and poetic The Long Farewell. Hajjar's performance has been described as exceptional  and the film has been lauded as amazingly inventive in its approach to loss and love, how the latter can help lift you out of the former. 

"It is our treat to have her" said Festival co-director Armin Miladi "so come and join in the celebration!"
 
 The Long Farewell is screening with a live post-film Q&A at 5:15pm this Sunday November 1.
Festival Awards Spotlight

We are over the moon to have some of our films finding awards accolades. Here we spotlight films and filmmakers catching the eye of prestigious national and international awards. Take note of the screening times - perhaps the only opportunity for Australian audiences to view them! 


Recently nominated for a Best Actress Award by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Fatemeh Motamed Aria delivers a knockout performance as a care shift-worker whose personal crisis comes as a huge snowstorm hits Iran. 
 

Also part of the programme is the NETPAC award winning Risk of Acid Rain - a poetic tale of coming into oneself and ones solitude in a rapidly developing world. The film, from first time writer-director Betash Saneeha (pictured) and co-written with Maryam Moghaddam, also won the Best Script award in The First Films Section of The Fajr International Film Festival 2015. 

Risk of Acid Rain is screening at 3:45pm Saturday 31 October and Avalanche is screening at 5:15pm Sunday 1 November.

Melbourne By Way of Melbourne

Screening by popular demand after two sold out sessions as part of The Melbourne International Film Festival, the thriller Melbourne, which follows a couple planning to travel to the eponymous city to continue their studies, only to be thrown into chaos just as they are leaving.

"Javali [director] has lit upon a universal and thoroughly engrossing premise, carrying it off through meticulous staging and top notch acting to deliver a debut that should command attention from Iran to Australia and everywhere in between."

Variety

Melbourne will be screening at 5:30pm Sunday 2 November.

Closing Night Finale!

The last film of the entire festival, I am Diego Maradona packs plenty of fireworks, humour and compelling family drama crossing the class divide in modern Iran when a rock smashes through a window! The film touching on

"artistic pretensions, mental illness, failed marriages and the complexity of extended families beneath a single roof ... [it is] a conceit reminiscent for example,  of Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry."

FILMINK

I am Diego Maradona is screening at 7:30pm Monday 2 November in Melbourne. 

Melbourne Film Schedule

Thursday 29 October

Friday 30 October

Saturday 31 October

Sunday 1 November

Monday 2 November

         
   

3:45pm

Risk of Acid Rain

3:00pm

The Man Who Became a Horse

 
 

6:00pm

The Long Farewell

6:15pm

Death of The Fish

5:15pm

Avalanche

5:30pm

Melbourne

7:30pm

What’s The Time in Your World?

(opening night film)

9:00pm

Crazy Castle

9:00pm

Confessions of My Dangerous Mind

7:30pm

Time to Love

7:30pm

I am Diego Maradona

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